Service in Community
By: Alan Kneale
This is the final article in 2021 relating to four key areas in which we connect with God and with each other through our membership at Foothills UMC: Pastoral Care; Children, Youth, and Young Adults; Music; and Community Outreach. Please consider making a financial gift to the Foothills UMC General Fund in celebration of how God has used Foothills UMC in service to our community.
Service in Community: God Using FUMC to Bless Others
Our vision at Foothills is to “bring faith to life” with God’s help by working together to build a healthy faith-life community that is ready and willing to serve others locally and globally.
This vision has never been more evident than through the local community service Foothills provides at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center in El Cajon. Recently highlighted through the “Parables of the Pandemic” video, the Good Shepherd Ministry Center has served as a contemporary “feeding (and clothing) of the 5,000” story, working non-stop during the most difficult of pandemic periods. Even when we were fearful of the virus, unsure of the future and unable to gather together physically, our congregation still answered the call to the local community each and every week at the Center.
Over the past year and half, more than 123 volunteers have packed thousands of bags of food and clothing, and provided them both curbside and tableside to more than 300 households each week without fail, providing a place of assurance that we will be there with food, diapers, clothing and a smile.
More importantly, through the generosity and grace of our volunteers and congregation, we were not only feeding our neighbors physically, but also feeding each other spiritually by looking out for one another, becoming a community of faith and caring and praying for each other. We were truly living out our Foothills vision.
In this way, God uses us to bless other people. During the fearful and uncertain time of the pandemic, God empowered us to step forward and help transform the lives of others as well as our own. This is truly the blessing of service in the community and one that is foundational to Foothills United Methodist Church. To keep this and all of the many local and global community ministries we provide operational year-round takes time, talent and resources from our congregation. As we rebuild, reconnect and recharge post pandemic, it is imperative that we continue to invest our gifts with Foothills, through our pledging, legacy giving and special offerings. Please consider making an extra donation this year as part of our pledge plus campaign.
“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”